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Erie Criminal Defense Lawyers

When working with Sebald, Hackwelder & Knox, you always come first. Our practice and experience makes us aggressive criminal defense and DUI lawyers, but we also practice in other areas including family lawelder lawreal estate law and personal injury law in Erie, PA and Meadville, PA. Our defense lawyers bring extensive jury trial experience to our practice. Whether you’re facing felony charges in Erie County, dealing with a work injury case in Crawford County or need help with real estate transactions in Warren County, we are here for you.

Best Criminal Lawyers In Erie, PA

If you have been charged with a crime, don’t settle for a court-appointed attorney. You deserve aggressive representation from a trusted criminal defense attorney in Erie County. You can minimize or remove your criminal charges by working with a knowledgeable and experienced criminal attorney at Sebald, Hackwelder, & Knox

Why Choose Us As Your Criminal Defense Attorneys?

Erie Defense Attorneys - Sebald Hackwelder & Knox

We understand this point of your life can be tense, confusing, and frustrating. The best thing you can do after an arrest is immediately set up a free case consultation with our criminal defense attorneys. We have extensive experience in defending clients in court who have been charged with a crime in Erie, PA.  When working with us, you can rest assured knowing that your criminal case is in good hands – no matter what criminal offense charges you are facing.

Featured Practice Areas


DUI Defense

Impairment charges including: No Refusal, Intoxication Assault, Intoxicated Manslaughter.


Family Law

Family law cases involving adoption, custody, divorce, guardianship, child support and more.


Estate Planning

Take the necessary steps to evaluate and complete your estate plan.


Criminal Defense

Defending individuals against prosecutions for criminal and regulatory offenses.


Personal Injury

If you or a loved one has been injured from an accident causing serious injuries or death.


Real Estate

Real estate matters can involve big decisions and even bigger investments.

Client Reviews

Rocco Salamone
Rocco Salamone
I feel a deep sense of gratitude for this office. Justin J. Smith, Esq. went above and beyond to help me with an unusually difficult legal matter. Competent, respectfully, and determined. When this office goes to bat for you it's a home run! I highly recommend Sebald, Hackwelder, & Knox! Outstanding service. Two thumbs up!!
Dan Romanski owner of World Class Racing Pigeons.
Dan Romanski owner of World Class Racing Pigeons.
I want to share some positive news with you today. I had the privilege of working with Super Lawyer Eric Hackweilder, a former district attorney who came highly recommended to me by the former Police Chief. The Chief assured me that Eric is one of the best lawyers available and described him as highly proficient, respected, confident, and always prepared for battle. From the outset, Eric believed in my innocence and worked tirelessly to collect evidence to support my claim. His exceptional ability to navigate complex issues gave me the confidence that he would achieve the desired outcome. His skillful handling of the matter is a testament to his expertise in the field and his unwavering commitment to defending his clients. In addition, I would like to acknowledge the PSP trooper who booked me. I have high regard for his professionalism and integrity. He walked into the District Judge's office, requested to speak to my attorney, and stated that I was innocent and had made a mistake in booking me. He demonstrated great character by doing the right thing, knowing he would enter the ring with a skilled and prepared lawyer.
Received a reckless driving ticket from an officer “ going 87 mph in a 25mph zone “ I was supposed to get over $900 in fines and a 1 year drivers license suspension. Doug Sullivan Got my case dismissed !!
Alex Maldonado
Alex Maldonado
I couldn't be happier with the services provided by Doug Sullivan. He was incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and dedicated to helping me fight my traffic ticket. His expertise and attention to detail made all the difference in winning my case. Not only did they provide sound legal advice and guidance, but he also made sure I understood the process every step of the way. I highly recommend Doug to anyone in need of a traffic attorney. Thank you for your exceptional work!
Sun Shined
Sun Shined
Eric Hackwelder is an outstanding attorney. Did exactly what he said he would. His availability, work ethic , and communication is above and beyond. Every detail you give him is valued. If your attorney dose not take notes like hackwelder( takes a lot of notes) you need a new lawyer. 5 out of 5 stars for this place.
Tj Batts
Tj Batts
Douglas Sullivan did an amazing job he got all my charges dropped to summery offenses! very personable attorney and worth every dime u will pay
Had the pleasure of working with Justin Smith on a personal matter and he was very friendly and professional. He exceeded my expectations in timeliness and effectiveness. I highly recommend giving him a call for anything you may encounter!